Introduction to Randomised Controlled Trials

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Explore how successful clinical trials are designed and delivered

Randomised controlled trials have a huge impact on society by providing evidence of the effectiveness of healthcare, social care, and public health interventions.

On this three-week course from the University of Birmingham, you will be guided through the lifecycle of a trial from conception to publication.

Discover the importance of statistics and planning in a clinical trial

There are many factors to creating and executing a trial. From formulating a clear research question to regulations and funding, a lot needs to be done before starting a medical trial.

You’ll begin this course by looking at the different phases of trials and the steps required to conceptualise, design, and plan a successful trial.

Then, you’ll examine the specialist roles involved in every step of the trial process and learn the importance of these individual inputs in the conduct of a successful trial.

Understand how to manage and interpret trial findings and data

The work isn’t finished once a trial is over; there’s a variety of data points and procedures that need to be managed in order to report on the trial findings.

This course will take you through the management processes for trial data and the end of trial procedures that need to be followed. You’ll also look at safety reporting and how randomised control trials are published.

Learn from the experts at the University of Birmingham

This course has been built by a team of expert research trial staff from the Birmingham Centre for Clinical Trials within Birmingham University. This team will guide you through the entire process for conducting randomised controlled trials and how to report results that can then be used to inform guidelines.

This course is designed for new or existing clinical trial staff. It may also be of interest to anyone looking to learn more about the wider randomised controlled trials process.